Monday, December 27, 2010

Online Art Classes: Drawing & Painting

Do you want to learn the techniques that will make you a better crafter, no matter what type of work you do? Then you may want to consider taking online art classes in drawing and painting. Online classes make it easy to learn the basic techniques of color, composition, rendering, line and shading, without ever leaving your home. All of these techniques will help you improve the quality of your work and become a better artist overall.

One of the classes offered by is a two part series on watercolor painting by Mark Satchwill, a watercolorist for twenty years. It teaches artists the basics on learning to stretch watercolor paper, how to mix colors effectively, and the basic theories of color and watercolor technique. The end result is a beautiful still life painting of lemons.

Other online art classes in drawing and painting include a Beginning Shading course with Elizabeth Johnson, where students learn to draw a shaded rendering of a swan using a graphite pencil. Students who purchase this art instruction video will have the opportunity to watch it several times over the course of a year. The same instructor also teaches an Introduction to Colored Pencil class, where students complete a beautiful butterfly picture using specific colored pencil techniques.

Oil painting courses are offered for the beginner, who wants to learn the basics of this amazing medium. In this course, Harlan shares over 35 years of experience to show the various techniques used by professional oil painters. offers a wide range of craft courses for everyone from the hobbyist to the professional, as well as several other online art classes in drawing and painting.

Friday, December 24, 2010


Dear Friends;

It's Christmas Eve, already! Where, oh, where did 2010 go? Summer is long gone and, to quote Bob Dylan, "winter's closing in".

Every year, at this time, most of us pause and reflect on the year past. We make our resolutions and we even mean them! I have many resolutions that are grandfathered into the next year automatically. I will learn to ride this year! (Again). I'm an optimist so it could happen.

We consider our accomplishments. This is so important - it gives us the gas to move our little vehicles forward. This year, we launched CraftEdu. After 2 years of planning and laying the groundwork, it happened. Anyone who has started a project or public enterprise knows that when that day finally comes, it's equal parts excitement and fear.

Our instructors worked and posted classes - they overcame their fear in doing so. They hurled themselves into the new, the different and they succeeded. I am so proud of them and proud of what they have accomplished. They're so talented, how could it be any different.

The site changed - improved - making it easier for students to navigate and understand. There were glitches but thanks to our tech partner and your input, those glitches were taken care of. We will always do our best to make CraftEdu the best - that will never change. Blessed with the best tech partner anyone could have, we continue our forward progress.

But, there would be no reason to go forward if not for you. Our students and friends who came and participated and patiently understood our foibles. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.

So going forward, we will be adding to the site, because it's not complete now. We'll be inviting new instructors and we will get those classes up. I think 2011 is shaping up to be very special.

Wishing you all a warm and wonderful holiday season, filled with joy, laughter, love and tons of hugs.


Donna, Vernon and the CraftEdu Family

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Use Your Computer Creatively with Digital Art Tutorials and Video Classes

Attention digital artists and photographers: You may have heard horror stories about images being stolen by others and used inappropriately on other web sites or print advertising. Simply by posting pictures on the Internet, your work could be at risk. But there is something you can do about it. Protect your work from unauthorized use on the Internet using a technique called watermarking. You can download a free 30-day trial of Photoshop Elements 8 if you don’t use it already, and then simply log on to view the digital art tutorials and video classes at Here you will find out more about why it is important to watermark your images and how to do it properly.

Another reason to look at the digital art tutorials and video classes at is to enroll in a class called Photo Draping in Photoshop. The ideal class for web designers and graphic artists, this three-part series shows you the ins and outs of how to “photo drape” a textile design into another image. By starting with a flat textile design image from your computer, you can learn how to place the pattern onto clothing or other fabrics within a scanned photograph. This is a great skill to have if you want to show shoppers on an ecommerce web site what an outfit would look like in a different fabric or pattern, without taking multiple photographs.

Whether you are an amateur hobbyist or a professional artist, the digital art tutorials and video classes offered at are an excellent way to master a new skill.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Art Dolls: Techniques and Classes for Doll Making

Ever since the first wooden dolls were created in the 17th century on a manual lathe, craftspeople have been making exquisite collector art dolls, but today’s crafter has access to a many more techniques and classes for doll making. Instead of learning this craft by studying as an apprentice in a doll-making shop, it’s now possible to learn the latest skills by simply downloading an online craft video.

While some of the materials and techniques for doll making have changed over the years, most art dolls are still hand sewn from fine fabrics like silk, cotton and satin. Crafters still take the time to build armatures, and hand-sew piped trims for a doll’s clothing.

If you have always wanted to make art dolls, techniques and classes for doll making are available online at Here, several well known doll makers offer video craft instruction using various media.

A few of my favorite online craft videos from the Art Dolls section of CraftEdu include:

Mixed Media Sculptured Dolls is a class taught by Ellie Hitchcock that is perfect for children and teachers. These art dolls are simple and inexpensive to make.

For a more experienced crafter, the Father Christmas Needle Felting Class teaches how to make an heirloom needle felted Father Christmas doll that is certain to be a family favorite.

Other felting classes are taught by Harlan, and include a Needle Felted Rabbit project and an Intermediate Needle Felting class that teaches the basics of this popular technique.

Online video classes are being added regularly at, and are the easiest way to become proficient at making art dolls. Check the website regularly for new techniques and classes in doll making.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ideas for Mixed Media and Altered Art Projects

As more craft instruction moves to the Internet, it is getting easier to find a wide range of ideas for mixed media and altered art projects. Mixed media and “altered art” are often considered buzzwords for craft techniques that bridge the gap between crafting and fine art. In fact, many craft artists regularly show their altered art pieces in galleries and fine art shows.

So what is altered art? Altered art is a combination of techniques that can include anything from collaging to stamping; enameling to embellishing. It is usually done on a household item or book to reflect a creative theme, or narrative.

On one crafting web site,, it is possible to learn the mixed media techniques that are most commonly used to create altered art. These include layering paper and other mediums to make a beautifully collaged mask, using polymer clay as a painting medium to create a Still Life Floral Clay Painting, and learning how to make your own Travel Altar.

If you are looking to expand your skill set to include collage, clay painting, and other textured effects, offers online art instruction classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Their range of offerings includes ideas for mixed media and altered art projects, as well as numerous crafting disciplines.

Experienced artists teach these techniques in easy to follow craft instruction videos, most of which can be viewed again and again for one price. Before you purchase, the site offers brief previews of each video so you can see what supplies are required, and each video also provides you with written instructions on a PDF document.

For the best ideas for mixed media and altered art projects, take a look at what has to offer.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Learn How to Make a Laser Transfer Pin with Video Craft Instruction

Do you want to learn polymer clay caning techniques? Well, it is no longer necessary to find a local craft instructor or go out and buy a book on clay jewelry-making. Video craft instruction makes it easy to learn the basics of making polymer clay beads and other jewelry online.

For craft artists, polymer clay was one of the best inventions. It is relatively inexpensive, easy to manipulate, and hardens in the oven. The latest trends using polymer clay for craft-quality jewelry involve caning or rolling the clay to achieve intricately patterned beads.

Another type of polymer clay jewelry utilizes a flat shape with an image transferred onto it. These shapes are often stamped with permanent inks and then covered with a transparent clay to protect the image. In her video craft instruction segment, craft artist Donna Kato shows how simple it is to make“laser transfer pins” using polymer clay and a laser printed image.

In the preview for this video, Donna uses a pasta machine to flatten a sheet of black and white clay, which are fused together and cut into shapes. After transferring a color image onto the clay, she stamps it with white and black inks and covers it with a special clear polymer that can be sanded and buffed later on.

This particular class is one of many video craft instruction workshops offered by CraftEdu to help crafters refine their skills. Other popular classes include bead art, painting, digital art, fabric arts and calligraphy.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Artists Can Learn Encaustic Collage Online with Video Art and Craft Courses

“Craft courses” may be too broad a term to describe some of the techniques that are used today by fine artists. With high quality instruction like this video on Encaustic Collage, online art and craft courses are quickly becoming the best way for academically trained artists to refine their skills.

Most art school graduates shy away from “craft courses” in favor of “art courses” because they believe the fine arts and crafts to be distinctly separate. However, thanks to the rise of “fine arts craft shows” and high-end craft collectors, the lines between these two fields have been blurred.

The art of mixed media and collage is often glossed over in an art school setting, leaving many classically trained fine artists with limited experience in using non-traditional materials. Encaustic art, which adds the texture of melted beeswax to a painting surface for a heavily textured look, is a medium that is just as likely to be seen in a gallery painting as it is in a craft show. But where do you find art and craft courses on encaustic collage?

Finally, there is a way for all artists and crafters to learn how to use the technique of encaustic collage without going back to school. With a video taught Glenda Bailey entitled “Introduction to Encaustic Art including a beginning project”, offers an inexpensive and convenient way to learn encaustic collage on canvas by experimenting with a variety of tools, papers and other fun accents. Not only will this video take you through the process of using encaustic, it will also provide inspiration on how to make a collage that can be given as a gift. offers this course for only $30, and the video can be viewed up to 12 times over the next 12 months. Other art and craft courses offered on this site include bead art, digital art, painting, fabric art, polymer clay jewelry and calligraphy, among others.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

Dear Friends;

It's my favorite holiday. Today is not about giving thanks for the gift we can touch. It's not about money. Not the "Thank you, Vernon for the ipad you got me for your birthday" gift but the mostly intangible, unseen gifts of love, friendship, support and kindness that carry us throughout the year. These gifts are our private safety net. They give us courage to do what we do every day of the year. I know I very much need them and I hope I can be found in many other invisible safety nets, too. This is the greatest gift of all.

I'm thankful for wise counsel. This isn't always so easy to give - everyone has a private agenda. It's the counsel that sets aside one's personal wants and needs in favor of another's. Mom, Judy, Les, Darlie, Alan, Gwen and more, I've been the lucky recipient of such selfless advice and it's something my friends and family have been called on to provide. It's easy to find those who will let you spin and act out - it's the true friend who helps you stop.

I'm thankful for generous and kind friends who have opened their hearts and homes to the weary traveler. I've been so fortunate to received this kindness. Helen Cox, Dani and Natalia, Sylvie and Gerard....they have made their homes, my own. I could not do what I do without this kindness, believe me.

I'm thankful for my furry kids. They make me laugh every single day and we should all, at minimum, chuckle ever day. Nothing warms a cold day like a ball of fur and it's hard to find anything that calms and warms the heart like burying the face in the thick ruff of a dog's fur or pressing a cold nose against the warm muzzle of a horse.

I'm thankful for movies. I love movies. They carry us away to parts unknown. I've seen the end of the world, many times. I've been to the far reaches of the universe and brought back whole. I've seen the triumph over adversity by the most unlikely characters - nothing is better than the real thing. Temple Grandin, Michael Oher, Dr, Nash - nothing could stop them from achieving their great ends. Triumph over adversity is the best inspiration of all.

I'm thankful for music, although it's also a humbling source of frustration. I want to sing like Eva Cassidy! I want to play guitar like Eric Clapton and pound the drums like Ringo. Music makes me appreciate the gifts of others, gifts I clearly don't have. We all need a dose of reality once in a while. I'm thankful for my friend Kathleen Dustin, who makes her own music through her art. I can't be Kathleen but her work has changed my own.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to travel - regardless of how difficult it is (and it is). We are all the same. People all over the world want the same thing - safety for their families, love of others, appreciation by those around them and respect. Everyone loves their country and feels the same sense of pride in its history and traditions. We are all the same.

I'm thankful for problems. Yup, problems. They're really opportunities wrapped in garbage. Solving problems is to grow. It's in finding solutions that we can understand ourselves because we have always played some part in the problem itself. Sometimes these are painful lessons but we're always better in the long run.

I'm thankful for polymer clay. I bounced around for a lot of years before this medium hooked me. It has largely dictated the course of my life. It's opened doors and created opportunities. I don't know where I'd be without it, but I do recognize what it has done for me. I'm really thankful for Kato Polyclay and the people who made it possible.

I'm thankful for my students who have come and taken the time to spend with me. You know, I think I've learned more from you than you have from me.

I'm thankful for the family of creative individuals who share and mentor others. In this day and age, it's easy to think only "me" and forget the "we". In our daily life, we're actually encouraged to make the world the 3 feet around us. Through creating and connecting with other like minds, we reach the more enlightened "we". So, I'm very thankful for you.

So, in 2010, that's my short list! I could go on but I won't. From my heart to yours, I wish everyone a blessed Thanksgiving.

Warmest regards,


Saturday, November 20, 2010

These Beading Workshops Let You Learn From Top Crafters Online

Have you ever been to an “art museum quality” craft show where the nation’s top craftspeople sell their work? Last week, I was lucky enough to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and meet some of the most talented jewelry makers from around the world. What I saw at this show went far beyond what one would find in a boutique. Each one-of-a-kind piece was like a work of art, and was priced accordingly.

When I returned home from this show, I was determined to learn the techniques that would elevate my own beadwork to this level. After searching for “crafts online” and “craft courses”, I found a treasure trove of video instruction on beadwork at

Here are three of the videos I’ve watched so far, each one teaching a different technique in bead art. To see a complete list of classes, check out the Bead Art Classes at

Draped Loop Collar Necklace – This video is by Margie Deeb, author of the Beader’s Color Palette, and it instructs viewers how to make her famous Draped Loop Collar necklace, which uses faceted, checked beads by adding fringe loops to a foundation medallion. Even people like me, who are relatively new to seed bead weaving, will be able to follow Margie’s simple instructions.

Mosaic Chain Cuff – In three different sessions for varying skill levels, Margie Meister shows viewers how to make a unique mosaic-themed bracelet. Inspired by motifs found in mosaics, sculptures and textiles, this bracelet shows how to switch back and forth between brick stitch and peyote stitch while combining components and bezel stones with the beadwork. Instructions and supply lists are included on the video and in PDF form.

Peyote Buttons – In this well done video, Jean Campbell starts by showing viewers how to make a basic tubular peyote button, and then how to make several unique versions of this using your own designs. The design originates from the Native American peyote cactus plant. This spineless desert cactus is a very powerful symbol throughout many Native American cultures and its six-chambered motif is often seen in tribal artwork.

If you want to learn the skills of America’s top craftspeople online, then start by checking out the Bead Art Classes at

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Bazinga! with Frederick Chipkin!

Learn the ins and outs of photo draping with expert textile designer and Adobe pro, Frederick Chipkin! Step by step you will learn the secrets from the best in the business. Who knew you could do this? Pattern, draping, shadows...amazing.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Learn the Latest Crafts Online with Expert Video Instruction

Have you always dreamed of showing the world your talent for the visual arts? Maybe you are at a point in your life when you have more time to pursue a small business selling your fine arts crafts. One thing that can stop people from moving forward with these goals is the lack of professional instruction available, but it is now possible to learn crafts online.

As a former art student and crafts hobbyist, I have recently discovered a great resource for online craft projects. It’s called, and it has a surprising variety of professionally taught online craft videos for virtually every artistic discipline. Whether your interests lie in digital art, kids crafts, knitting, art jewelry or calligraphy, it is possible to learn new crafts online without ever leaving home.

One of my favorite videos is one that I found recently is one about making a ceramic looking pendant. In this video, I learned how to make hollow shapes out of polymer clay, with a particular focus on pendants. As someone who has been making and selling polymer clay jewelry for years, I appreciated this opportunity to learn ceramic effects using a Skinner blend. There are several other classes I plan to take in the Art Jewelry area, including Stained Glass Caning and Peyote Buttons.

With sites like, it is possible to learn the latest crafts online by purchasing online “how to craft” videos and watching them on your computer. Most of the classes include free downloadable PDF instructions for later reference. Every time I come back to this site I find more classes being added in every area, so it looks like I will be spending a lot more time on my computer this winter.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Let Free Online Art and Craft Lessons Bring out Your Creative Genius

You may be familiar with the concept of online education, and perhaps you’ve even taken courses online at some point in your career; but have you ever considered taking online art and craft lessons?

No matter what your skill level, there are free online art lessons that will teach you any number of new skills and techniques. You don’t even have to be an accomplished artist or crafter to benefit from these “classes”. In fact, free online art lessons for kids are a very popular way for homeschoolers to teach their children the basics of color, painting and drawing.

Whether you are into jewelry making, calligraphy, fabric arts, photography or knitting, there is always someone out there who knows a new or different technique that you could learn. The Internet has made it possible for crafters to perfect their skills and share their knowledge with peers without ever leaving the house. Online art and craft lessons make it possible for everyone to get the skills they need, even people with very busy schedules.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to use oil paints? Why not take “Oil Painting – an introduction” at Maybe your child wants to learn how to do loomed beadwork. If so, then there is even an introductory video where children can learn to make beaded bracelets. Perhaps you are planning a wedding and want to add the special touch of calligraphy to your invitations and place cards. Why not take a watch a few video art lessons and pick up some new techniques that will help you become an expert?

The best way to find all of these unique online art and craft lessons is to look for a site that offers courses in every discipline. offers video art lessons from talented professional artists and crafters from around the world, and they offer visitors the opportunity to take a free class or preview hundreds of online art lessons that are available for sale.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Looking for a Craft Website for Serious Crafters?

Have you recently discovered the world of professional arts and crafts? If so, you may be looking for ways to improve your skills so you can begin making crafts that can be sold at a local crafts show. One of the biggest challenges to doing this is that most people don’t have the time or resources to take the necessary classes at local at a local arts center. Introducing the concept of a craft website that will allow you to learn the techniques you need at your own pace… this type of learning is becoming a most convenient and affordable way to become an “expert crafter”.

If you search out craft websites on the Internet search engines, you may be somewhat disappointed by what you find. Mixed in with a selection of serious crafting website choices will be several amateur “how-to” sites that may teach you “how to draw a racecar” or “how to make things out of pipe cleaners”, but finding a “real” craft website doesn’t need to be a challenge. Simply go to and you will find a complete selection of crafting instruction videos. Everything is covered here, from the basics of drawing and color to the most advanced techniques in polymer clay jewelry making, with a little bit of everything else in between.

Still wondering whether you can really learn from a craft web site? Think of it this way; when you need to have the instructor repeat something or you just want to see a technique demonstrated one more time, you will no longer need to ask or worry about looking stupid in front of your peers.. All you need to do is move the video arrow back a bit and watch that part of the video again.

Craftedu is one of those crafts websites that allows you to preview a video before you buy it, so you won’t be stuck learning something you already know. Plus, most of their videos come with downloadable PDF instructions for future reference.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Jump-Start your Crafts Business with an Art and Craft Tutorial

Learning a new skill is never easy, especially when it requires a lot of practice. When you are looking to start a crafts business and need to develop some new areas of expertise, there is nothing more valuable than an art and craft tutorial.

Art training may not seem like a natural “fit” for the online classroom, but the Internet can be one of the best places to get craft guidance. In a classroom setting, an instructor usually shows the class how to do a certain technique a few times, and then moves onto something else. However, when you are learning online, the same art and craft tutorial can be watched again and again. When you really need to master a new skill, this is the type of craft teaching that works best.

Whether you are looking to learn a new method of caning polymer clay, the best techniques for painting a realistic-looking landscape, or the basics of the color wheel, there are craft training videos available for you online. Craft training videos allow for a more comprehensive art and craft tutorial, with close ups and instructions that are easy to understand. Plus, most of these videos come with PDF instructions for additional craft guidance.

Another way to use an art and craft tutorial is in a teaching situation. If you run a craft teaching business in your home, you know it is often much easier to teach your students a new technique when they can watch a video about it first. This gives you the ability to provide a step-by-step art and craft tutorial before starting a new project. It also shows them what the end result can look like.

No matter how you use them, craft training videos can be an invaluable tool for your crafts business.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Learn the Techniques of the Masters with Online Art Lessons

People who appreciate fine art are much more in tune with the beauty of their surroundings. The color of a sunset, the texture a seashell, and the spice-colored palette of an autumn landscape can provide daily inspiration to anyone, but artistic souls are so visually stimulated, they want to recreate the beauty that surrounds them.
Have you ever wished you had taken art lessons as a young adult? Or perhaps you are a homeschooler looking for art lessons for your children. Now, it is possible to take art lessons online with some of the most talented artists of our time without ever leaving your home.

Taking lessons in art can make the difference between a mild interest in painting and a lifelong passion for the arts. Art lessons for elementary school students can uncover talents that lie just beneath the surface in a child, and discovering these skills early in life can instill confidence and develop career options that might have otherwise been missed.

Art lessons can now be taken with an online video training course, such as The Value of Dark and Light course offered by, or the Color Wheel Magic 101 and 202. Taking both of these courses is highly recommended for people who want to make powerful and harmonious color while employing dark and light values. Understanding how to use color creatively along with dark and light shading can make a world of difference in a piece of artwork.

Other online art lessons include bead art, polymer clay courses, digital art, colored pencil techniques, art theory, composition and photography. Whether you are looking for primary art lessons for students or secondary art lessons for budding professionals, the easiest way to master new techniques is through online art lessons.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Jane's Flower Box and the Enchanted Weave Bracelet

Jane Jetson's Flower Box workshop is up! You can see that picture in the post below. Check out the Preview here:

This workshop has no Bazinga! Instead I'll be raffling off 2 pairs of my new earrings to students who enroll by November 1.

When I get home from the road, I'll pull the raffle winners.

Have a great Monday!

On Wednesday, we will Bazinga! a class. Margo C. Field's first CraftEdu class, the Enchanted Weave Bracelet so keep your eyes peeled for this great workshop by a great bead artist.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Jane Jetson's Flower Box Workshop

This box has legs! Make this funky, outer space box in my "Jane Jetson's Flower Box" workshop. The workshop is 3 parts and is structured for intermediate and above clayers. The top flower and disc elements spin. Once you know the basic steps required to make this box, the world is your oyster and you give your boxes your own personal "spin".

I'm leaving town for 3 weeks to teach at the Spanish Clay Carnival and in Portugal so I've decided to follow Judy Belcher's lead. The class will be posted on Monday. On November 1st, all students who enroll by that date will be eligible to win a pair or earrings! I'll raffle two pairs of my newest ear fobs like the ones pictured.

Have a great October everyone! I'll try to keep in touch and maybe even post some pictures of the events.

Cheers, Donna Kato

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Craft Web Site Invites the Best Craft Instructors into Your Home

Becoming an expert craft artist doesn’t happen overnight; it requires a long period of instruction and practice. Even then, learning the latest techniques can challenging because they are changing every day. But now that the Internet can bring the world to your laptop, it is not surprising that craft web sites have become a resource for techniques from today’s “masters”. Now, instead of just buying craft supplies online, it is possible to learn a new craft on the web too!

CraftEdu is a unique online craft university that helps a person nurture his or her passion for creativity, design, materials and technique. By introducing their visitors to the creative world of artists and craftspeople, the site collects and distributes independent craft instruction videos. By purchasing these videos online, visitors are able to learn a new skill at their own pace, and also save and print out PDF instructions for later use.

What is really nice about craft web education is the ability to get instruction from expert crafters around the world. In fact, many of the videos are available in multiple languages. While it may seem a little awkward at first to be learning a craft while on the computer, it makes perfect sense to do this online. Here, the technique can work with the imagination of the viewer, resulting in unlimited possibilities.

If you have ever wanted to learn a new technique, share your crafting techniques with others, or just get ideas for future projects, then why not stop by and check out the craft web instruction available at

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Crafts Internet Resources Can Help You Become an Expert Crafter

Becoming one of the best at your craft is a noble goal for a skilled craftsperson, but it can often take years of practice to really master certain techniques. Thankfully, there are a number of new resources available online, on the “Crafts Internet”, including the latest video instructions from expert crafters around the world.

Before you start searching for a crafts internet – it is really just a fancy way of saying that the instructions you need are available online. Never before has it been so easy to learn the skills you need to do beading. Most of the beading projects that are shown at craft shows involve very intricate techniques that cannot always be learned at a local craft store.

By watching people show you how to do crafts on the internet, it is possible to learn the proper way to make almost anything, from beading crafts to faux finishing and calligraphy. Each video is created and submitted by someone who has mastered a certain technique, and the videos are sold on web sites devoted to teaching crafts. Most of these sites offer a way to preview the video before buying it, so you can be sure it is teaching the technique you want to learn. Videos are also available in multiple languages, and most come with printable PDF instructions.
As the number of people interested in DIY crafts increases, people are finding it easier than ever to learn the latest techniques for these crafts on the internet. If you know a certain technique and would like to share it with a global audience, why not make your own video and start selling your expertise online?

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Everything You always Wanted to Know about Lentils!

Love hollow lentils? This Wednesday we will be posting three workshops dedicated to these popular forms by Judy Belcher. Together, you'll know all about how to make them, how to suspend beads and pearls in them, how to make gold and silver glow under their tops and how half a lentil can turn into a fabulous pin.

Instead of the Bazinga! Judy has three pieces of her artwork that she will raffle to those who enroll in any of her classes in the first week so you will have one week to enroll and be eligible for her drawing. Wow, it's a win-win - you will take a class from one of the very best polymer artist/teachers around and 2 lucky students will also win a piece of Judy Belcher artwork. Pictures of these pieces will be posted asap.

Judy's 3 classes will be posted on Wednesday.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Bazinga! Friday

As one who travels quite a bit, I find these Travel Altars by Anke Humpert, especially appealing. Mine would have pictures of Vernon and the animals! Anke covers a wide range of techniques to create these mixed media, altered art pieces - shrink plastic, decorative napkins, even natural materials like moss and shells. Join her for an exploration of materials and techniques and, what better way to make use of a matchbook or cigar box?

The Bazinga! goes up at noon (MT) on Friday and ends at noon (MT) on Saturday.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Create Your Own Online Craft Show With Online How To Craft Instructions

Whether you are a crafter by trade or just learning a few crafts to pass the time, the Internet has made it so much easier to become an expert. In addition to learning a new skill with an online how-to-craft video, it is possible to view an online craft show or create your own online craft instruction.

What types of online craft instruction is available?

Unlike some of the workshops offered at your local art supply store, online how to craft videos are often done by professionals who sell their work for top dollar. In fact, if you see a technique at an online craft show, chances are there is a video available that will teach you how to do it yourself.

Some of the most popular online how to craft web sites offer dozens of unique online craft videos for purchase, so you can watch the video again and again at your leisure. However, just to be sure you are getting the instruction you need, make sure you can see a free video preview before you buy it. It also helps when a site offers free downloadable instructions with the purchase of a video.

Here are some recent online how-to-craft videos seen on

1) Learn to Mad Weave – a beginner level weaving technique class
2) Peyote Buttons – learn to make a tubular peyote button, which can be turned into a beautiful piece of jewelry
3) Beader’s Color Palette: Watch an expert bead artist create the necklace made popular in “The Beader’s Color Palette”
4) Creating a Child’s Bust: Learn how to sculpt the head and bust of a child as a standalone sculpture
5) Stained Glass Cane Techniques: Create beautiful stained glass cane patterns in polymer clay, which can be made into unique jewelry and crafts

Each of these skills requires the instruction of a professional, and is difficult to learn from a book. Most craftspeople find that video learning is a much faster way to master complicated techniques. Why not learn something new with an online how-to-craft video today?

Maggie's Bazinga! Wednesday

This is Maggie Meister! In interpreting ancient motifs, in adapting them to beadwork techniques, she has created a unique and stunning body of work. This beautiful bracelet is a perfect example of her vision, her voice and her talent and you can now learn how to create, step by step, this ancient/contemporary beauty yourself. Mixing peyote and brick stitch (and a variation on brick) create the swirling braids to adorn.

This class is for intermediate and advanced beaders. Take what would be a weekend workshop with Maggie in your own home and on your own time schedule - Bazinga! it and take advantage of introductory pricing!

Maggie's Mosaic Braid bracelet class will be posted tomorrow (Wednesday). Bazinga! A 24 hour opportunity for you.

Monday, September 13, 2010


It's Monday, another week begins and it's packed! New instructors getting to know the ropes, getting their ducks in a row and it's exciting to see. We add new talented artists all the time - we're searching for them and they are finding us.

When I think of where we were 18 months ago, I can't quite believe where we are today. The platform continues to be improved to make it easier for both students and instructors to navigate and use. Our tech partner is amazing - forward thinking and we are so grateful for all the hours and all the weekends spent working on our behalf.

New people discover us daily - we've not done any marketing and promotion, other that our facebook page, this blog and the work of individual faculty members but we are growing - it's a steady uphill curve. We've got members from over 80 countries! I often wonder, how we were found. I'm grateful we have been.

When building an entity, any entity, it's a good idea to reach back occasionally and touch on original purpose. Double check, are we on the right track? If not, make a course correction, don't wander off into the tulies!

We all know there is a lot of beginner instruction out there on the net, in magazines and in books. CraftEdu also provides basic free tutorials for beginners. I've written 3 books, publishers like lots of projects and techniques - pack that book full. That's good and bad. Yes, there is a lot of variety, but sometimes that means that a sacrifice has been made in depth of instruction. Authors have to compromise with their publishers, it's understandable, it's about space - numbers of pages, numbers of images. These valuable resources can begin a student, provide the basis for further growth but where do you go to jump to the next level? This vacuum has been filled by in person workshops.

I travel and teach. I take as a maximum enrollment, 24 students. Most of the time I have 24 students. If I taught every weekend of the year (which would kill me) I could only reach a finite number of students. Some of my students fly to get to the workshop, check into hotels. I receive inquiries all the time - when are you coming to Russia? Someday, I certainly hope to but the chance that I'll get there very soon is remote.

So, our goal is to provide what someone like I would in person, online. To help our students jump to the next level, from their own homes. And, with this platform and the capability for our students to reach us with a click of the mouse, we've done that.

This week we offer another great workshop from a great artist/instructor, Maggie Meister. This particular class is another example of our original purpose - to provide that in class, jump to the next level workshop experience in the comfort of your own home and according to your own time schedule. The Mosaic Chain Bracelet would be a weekend workshop with Maggie. CraftEdu means you don't have to travel to get to her, perhaps pay for a hotel and take care of those expenses accrued when you're on the road. The added benefit? The cost of the workshop is also a fraction of what that in person workshop would set you back. And, with that click of your mouse, you get Maggie, if you need her!

As everyone becomes more experienced with the technical aspect of the platform, we will offer more and more classes of this intermediate and advanced level to fill the gap and elevate your art which is the ultimate purpose of and every artist/instructor teaching here.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Bazinga! Friday!

Okay, everyone, it's my fault, I messed up this listing so badly, Margie and I agreed we'd do this again, this time, it'll be correct! This is a fabulous piece of wearable art and even a beginning beader will find it easy to make what looks to be very complicated. Once you understand the structure, you'll be customizing it like crazy. So, catch it at the introductory price beginning on Friday at noon (MT) through noon (MT) on Saturday!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Bazinga! Wednesday goes funky!

Funky Rings with Eve Ehmeier, that is! I first saw these wonderful rings in Germany and I even own one myself. This polymer clay class is suitable for all levels. So, don't miss the chance to take advantage of the introductory pricing beginning tomorrow at noon (mt) and ending 24 hours later.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Improve Your Craft Skills with Craft Videos Online

It wasn’t long ago that a person interested in learning crafts would need to sign up for a class at the local art supply store, or look for workshops being held at a community college. These classes may have been a fun way to learn a new skill, but without knowing the instructor or what the project entailed it was difficult to determine if the class was the right one for you. Fortunately, with the growth of online videos, today there are more options for crafts enthusiasts than ever. Instead of trekking to the nearest workshop, one can simply watch craft videos online.

What kind of online craft workshops are available?

While there are many “how-to” web sites that will teach you everything from children’s “rainy day crafts” to “how to stencil your kitchen”, most avid crafters want a more artistic approach than this; one where participants can learn to make the type of crafts that sell in craft shows for top dollar.

Some of the most popular craft videos online focus on wearable art and jewelry, whether it is made from polymer clay, beads or textiles. Other popular online craft videos include calligraphy, digital art and paper arts. But as online video becomes more widely used, expect to see even more people sharing their favorite craft techniques with a global audience.

If these are the crafts that you are looking to make, and you are looking for ways to learn them online, then some of the best craft videos online will be found at sites like Because the site is aimed at an audience that wants to learn crafts from an artist’s perspective, the videos they offer are aimed at serious crafters. In addition to offering a wide range of online craft demonstrations – in multiple languages – this site allows visitors to preview any course for free before purchasing it.

It is easy to see why so many top crafters have chosen to share their skills with the audience at Craftedu.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Bazinga! Friday

Learn the basics of woodworking as you make your own Bluebird house with wood artist, Kent Perdue! Kent has included video clips in his broadcast, as well as, detailed cutting diagrams. It's a wonderful class that will make you comfortable with the tools and the strategies employed when working with wood. Kent has also provided a free tutorial that you'll want to make sure and watch. He's clear, concise and easy going, too. This is a basic class and one that parents could do with their children. Learn a new skill and get the little ones started on their own creative journey.

Margie Deeb's class Sparkling Draped Loop Collar is a luscious concoction of Czech fire polish beads. You'll feel like royalty wearing this - hey, in pearls, you'll feel like Audrey Hepburn. It's gorgeous and easy to do when you've got Margie teaching you step by step.

Miss Ellie Hitchcock's Loomed Beadwork is the first class in our category for Kids and for art teachers. Ellie is so clever and this class features tips for making your own tools and loom from ordinary inexpensive craft materials. This is a must for any art teacher looking for a great project to spur those creative juices in the young ones.

So, tune in between 12 noon MT tomorrow and 12 noon MT Saturday to take advantage of special introductory Bazinga! pricing of these great classes.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today and Wednesday

Today, we are posting Natalia Garcia de Leaniz Beads with a Window in German. As you know, we've been busy translating classes - the polymer ladies have been hard at work. This class has been translated by Bettina Welker.

My Manga! Bracelet goes up tomorrow in Spanish at the discount Bazinga! price. Thank you, Natalia, for translating this class for me. Natalia's class was never offered at the discount, so it will be the regular price - we don't want anyone to feel badly about never being offered the discount. This is our policy - we only Bazinga! classes that have been offered that way before.

So, for the Manga in Spanish, will have 24 hours to enroll at a discount, then the price goes back to its original price (25% higher!).

an international community

When we began, it was my dream to create a site that would serve the world! Going global was one of our big goals and it seems, we have.

Thanks to our multi lingual faculty, we have posted classes in not only English, but in Spanish, German, and French. These classes can be accessed by clicking on the International Classes category - it then shows the language sub-categories.

To make it easier to sort the classes, we will be posting an International Classes Channel - English will be the first Channel listed, then the others will appear below that. We're working on this, it hasn't happened just yet, but, it will very soon.

So, for you multi-lingual artists, don't hesitate to contact us if you wish to teach. You must speak English for practical reasons - unfortunately, I only speak English and we must be able to correspond! We do have a jurying process but the chances are very good that the answer will be in the affirmative and, as my mom and dad always told me, you just never know until you try. Hope to hear from you!

Friday, August 27, 2010

The Bazinga is up!

For the next 24 hours you can enroll in these four classes at a 25% discount - then they resume their normal pricing.

Isabelle Chatelain's polymer clay Coccinelle in both English and in French.
Elizabeth Johnson's Graphite Shading drawing class.
Donna Kato's polymer clay Manga Bracelet in German.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bazinga! Friday

Isabelle Chatelain's delightful little polymer clay bug will go up at noon MT at our introductory Bazinga! price in English and in French!

Remember, all our international language classes include the flag of that country on the first page. Vive le Coccinelle!

Bazinga! Friday

Elizabeth Gyles Johnson's Beginning Graphite Shading class will be up tomorrow at noon MT and offered at our introductory Bazinga! Price for 24 hours. This is the perfect class for any aspiring artist.

Also up on Friday will be the German version of Donna Kato's Manga Bracelet class! The Spanish version may go up, as well.

To access Bazinga! classes, simply click on the Bazinga! category that, at this time, only appears when there is a class in the category.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

new international classes posted

Bettina Welker's Interchangeable Rings in Spanish...

Bettina's Interchangeable Rings in French...

Sylvie Peraud's Denim Pendant in Spanish...

Sylvie's Denim Pendant in German...

And Natalia Garcia de Leaniz' Seeds in French!

To access these International language classes, simply click on the class title. We have added the flags to the first page of each class to minimize confusion. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

International Language Bazinga!



and France...

In these languages, we will be posting classes next Wednesday. Of course, we'll send out tweets and I will post information to this blog and on our facebook page.

Please don't think there is something amiss with your settings - yes, you are getting messages in different languages. We do this for a simple reason - only individuals who can understand the messages will enroll in these classes and there are some international members on the site who only understand their own language - like most Americans!

FYI, with the exception of one class, all the classes that we will post are already on the site in English!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Bazinga! Wednesday

We actually have 5 classes going up on Wednesday! Yesterday, you saw Jana's and Inger's today, here is number 3 - Sherry Serafini! This is Sherry's first class on CraftEdu and these earrings are so representative of her amazing work. So, tomorrow you can sign up for her "funkypharoah earrings" at a special Bazinga! price.

Harlan's adorable squirrel - needle felted, of course, is number 4. Love him! I could see him perched next to Inger's Birdpod. Tomorrow, you can Bazinga! this little guy and make him you own.

Number 5 is Frederick Chipkin's latest class teaching you how to create plaids in Adobe Photoshop. Frederick is an expert on textile design and he'll help you become one, as well. And, tomorrow you can get this class at our Bazinga! rate, too.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Bazinga! Wednesday

This Wednesday, we'll be posting and Bazinga-ing, 4 new classes!

The first is Jana Roberts Benzon's Stained Glass Cane (polymer clay). In this class, you'll learn how to design and then make these lovely canes.

The second is Inger Maiike's wonderful Felted Birdpod for your yard. The birds will love hatching and then raising their little ones in this organic birdhouse! I'd love to have these in my trees.

Tomorrow, we'll preview 2 more classes so come back and see what we've got in store for you.